Yankees are the lesser of two evils

Maybe I am a small ‘c’ conservative when it comes to my tastes in Major League Baseball.
In fact, I’ll say it in black-and-white: I hope the New York Yankees come back to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series.
I’d like to begin by saying I’m not a Yankee fan. In fact, I was rooting for the Oakland A’s in their wild card match-up earlier this month.
Arizona’s four-year rise to power shouldn’t surprise me. The D’backs are taking a familiar road to this title. Sign some dependable free agents (with the help of two $20 million loans from MLB), get your hands on a solid pitching rotation, and watch the World Series rings come flying in.
Wait, I’ve seen this show before. It was called the Yankees’ 1996 championship over the Atlanta Braves—save for the shameless loans.
But I credit the team in that New York saw they had a good thing and made the effort to keep their players and sign them to long-term deals, opting not to fold the tent after one successful picnic (I’m looking at you, Florida Marlins).
Then again, the Yankees are an anomaly among the (another ungodly number of) 30 MLB teams. They actually make money. Apparently Arizona, despite its success on the diamond this year, are not doing so hot (pun intended) at gaining a fan following.
This past weekend, Scott Taylor of the Winnipeg Free Press reported the city of Phoenix hasn’t exactly suffered from Diamondback fever so far—as tepid ticket sales and moderate interest in merchandise would indicate.
I don’t blame them. The fans and the team haven’t bled together—they haven’t tasted bitter defeat and close playoff runs together. That bond with the fans is missing.
On an individual level, there’s no doubt players like Mark Grace, Curt Schilling, and Randy Johnson have paid their dues in their hunt for a World Series title. But as a team, they’ve barely had a cup of coffee together.
After nine paragraphs of rambling, I propose this: no expansion team in any of the major professional sports should be allowed to win a championship for at least 10 years. They don’t deserve it because they haven’t built that history.
All they have are fancy luxury boxes and bad nicknames.
I hope the Yankees have one more miracle left in them. In a league full of instability, I’d take a rich kid with tradition over a one-trick pony any day.
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At the risk of sounding like a publicist, I’d just like to tip my hat to the football Muskies for putting in such a strong showing during their first season as members of this Winnipeg league
The student-athletes I spoke to throughout this season have showed nothing but class and sportsmanship. On a maturity level, many of these players are ready for college or university—whether they play football or not.
I’m also relaying a shoutout for head coach Bob Swing that I wholeheartedly agree with—the coaching staff and their families and employers were very supportive of the program and the time needed for them to prepare for games.
I’ll leave the last word to, of all people, Churchill Bulldogs head coach Gerry Urbanovich, who just days after his team eliminated the Muskies had nothing but praise for this town’s high school football program.
“I think Coach Swing and the whole staff did a wonderful job of getting them ready to play. They ran a first-class organization and are a welcome addition to our league,” he said.

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